By the Numbers: Penn Nursing

This month Penn celebrates 120 years of nursing education. Instruction in the field began here at Penn in 1886, the School of Nursing was founded in 1950 and today Penn is among the worldwide leaders in the field. Here are some facts and figures about the school, its faculty and its contributions to medicine:

7.6 million

Total federal research dollars received by Penn’s School of Nursing in 2005, which ranked No. 3 in the nation. Only the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Washington collected more.


Percentage of Penn Nursing graduates who pass their boards on the first try.


Rank of Penn professor of nursing and sociology Linda Aiken on Modern Healthcare magazine’s 2006 list of the “Most Powerful People in Health Care.” Among the other names on the list? Try Sen. Bill Frist, Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates and President George W. Bush.


Number of Penn Nursing faculty who have been awarded the Sigma Theta Tau International Episteme Research Award. The award is often called the “Nobel Prize” of nursing.

Originally published on October 19, 2006